Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mama, I Want to See God by Vanessa Fortenberry, Illustrator: Leah Jennings

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Title: Mama, I Want To See God
Author: Vanessa Fortenberry
Illustrator: Leah Jennings
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Pages: 30 (print)
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



Do I look like God? Where can I see Him? Wanting to connect more with God, a child asks his mother these questions and more in this rhyming verse book. In answer, Mother's tender and patient responses model God's love. At the story's end, Mother has answered all of the questions, letting the child have a true connection with God. The purity of children and the spirituality of all cultures radiate in this touching story.

We received this book to give an honest review. 

In this story a child wants to see God and asks a lot of questions about visiting God, talking to him, being his friend and so forth. Questions that kids do ask because they are curious, the mother in this story has very good answers for the questions that are asked such as God is a great listener and and he loves you. God wants us to rejoice and he invites us to His table. Overall a really good book to read to kids who may have questions about God's love and what he would enjoy. I think the answers are very well thought out and honest. 
As far as pictures go they didn't see very well drawn i.m.o. though it does show the love between mother and child. 



Vanessa Fortenberry
A music teacher turned teacher-librarian and reading teacher; Vanessa writes inspirational stories (fiction and non fiction) for children and adults. Inspired by her grandson's curiosity about wanting to see God, Vanessa wrote the "award-winning finalist" children's verse story, "Mama, I Want to See God." This story echoes the ways in which young readers inquisitively want to know if they can see God and if they look like Him.
The second book of the series, Families Growing in Faith is Daddy, I Want to Know God. In this rhyming verse-story, a child’s probing questions of his dad shows a burning desire to connect with God personally and to learn more about God.
Vanessa enjoys writing her quarterly e-newsletter, "Connecting Readers to the Word," in which her readers get a glimpse of her "Speak Life" words of inspiration, "Quick Picks" recommendations of books for children and adults, and "Vanessa's Bulletin Board" of announcements. Vanessa's "Children's Bookroom" blog introduces literacy issues children encounter and recommends books to inspire and motivate children to read despite any obstacles.
Vanessa also contributed to the book, "Relief Notes: Encouraging Letters for Tough Times" written by The Christian Authors Guild. This book offer messages of encouragement and inspiration during times of hardships.
Vanessa enjoys singing for the Lord and baking homemade goods for her loved ones. She is available for speaking engagements, writing workshops, interviews, and appearances. She is also happy to speak to children’s groups, churches, schools, reading, and writing groups. To learn more about Vanessa and her other writing endeavors, please visit her website: www.vanessafortenberry.com.

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